11 December 2018 - 4 Tevet 5779 - ד' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Hikers discover engravings of seven-branched menorah E-mail

Hikers exploring a water cistern in the Judean foothills during the Chanukah festival in December made a rare and intriguing discovery: on the walls of the cistern, which is hewn in chalk bedrock, were incised ancient engravings of a seven-branched menorah and a cross.

Touring enthusiasts Mickey Barkal, Sefi Givoni and Ido eroz, who are members of the Israel Caving Club, went out to visit hidden caves in the Judean foothills. According to Meroz, “We heard there are interesting caves in the region. We began to peer into them, and that’s how we came to this cave, which is extremely impressive with rockcarved niches and engravings on the wall. Just before we were about to return we suddenly noticed an engraving that at first glance seemed to be a menorah. When we realised this was an ancient depiction of a menorah, we became very excited. Its appearance was quite distinct. We left the cave and reported the discovery to the Israel Antiquities Authority.”

The menorah engraved on the wall of the cave has a base with three feet, and it evidently portrays the menorah that stood in the Temple during the Second Temple period. A cross was engraved near the menorah.

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18th Jerusalem Film Festival E-mail

The 18th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival (JJFF) took place from 24 to 29 December at the Jerusalem Cinemateque.

It included an international competition, featuring the cinematic adaptation of Nicole Krauss’s novel, The History of Love (directed by Radu Mihaileanu) and the award-winning Austrian/German/French production about the last days of Stefan Zweig, Stefan Zweig Farewell to Europe (directed by Maria Schrader).

In addition, the festival featured a selection of films depicting Jewish intermarriage, accompanied by lectures and conversations with film-makers; live musical performances, including a live singalong event set to a restored version of Fiddler on the Roof; “Great Jewish Minds”, with films about Jewish comedian Jerry Lewis, 19thcentury German painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, renowned television producer Norman Lear, and rock’n’roll producer Bert Berns.

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Oded Davidoff visits Myanmar E-mail

Renowned Israeli film director Oded Davidoff met with film directors and executives of the Myanmar Motion Picture Association in December, to discuss his and their creative processes.

Davidoff showed some of his creations, shared his experiences, and explained his objectives when creating films and the difficulties faced during shooting. A Q&A session followed.

While visiting the country, Davidoff also gave lectures on film making in Yangon and Mandalay National University of Arts and Culture.

Davidoff’s work in film and TV has won him the most prestigious film-making awards in Israel. He produced his first film in 2005, titled Someone to run with. In 2007, he directed a TV series called All Honey, which won him a Best Television Director award. He attended the San Spiegel Film and Television School.

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